What is Hansard?
Hansard is the name of the daily near verbatim transcript of the Legislative Assembly’s proceedings. All Canadian provinces and territories, and the Canadian House of Commons, produce their own Hansard.
Why do we have Hansard and who uses it?
Hansard provides a public, accessible, permanent, and near word-for-word transcript of proceedings of what the Members of the Legislative Assembly discuss while they’re in Session.
Through Hansard, NWT residents can review House proceedings, including commitments from the Cabinet and Regular Members, questions asked by MLAs on behalf of their constituents, reviews of the budget, debate of bills, and more.
Hansard is used by media professionals, researchers, employees of the Government of the Northwest Territories, community governments and groups, and the public.
Where can I read Hansard?
You can read and search the official NWT Hansard here on the Legislative Assembly website. Online records are available starting with the first session of the 14th Assembly (19 from January 19, 2009): http://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/documents-proceedings/hansard/14/1.
If you visit the Legislative Library in person, you can view Hansard records going back to December 1951. Otherwise, contact the Legislative Librarian by phone, fax, mail, or email for help with your questions.
Phone: (867) 767-9132 ext 12056
Fax: (867) 873-0207